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Board of Visitor member Welton Chang '05 featured in Dartmouth Alumni Magazine

Welton Chang '05, a Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors member, has recently been featured in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine as well as published on the Defense One Website.

In the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, he talks about his career and how he is using technology to defend human rights. “I’m in a nontraditional role for a human rights organization. It’s a hybrid of what a chief product officer would do at a startup, responsible for the application of technology being developed in-house, while also serving as a chief information security officer.” 

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On the Defense One website, Chang is the co-author of Three Ways to Clean Up the Toxic Minefields of Social Media, which examines safeguards for social media ecosystems to curb hate speech and disinformation.

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Board Member Maya Wiley '86 featured in "A Call to Lead"

The Call to Lead is a bold invitation to Dartmouth’s global community to engage with the great issues of this century and the next—all in a distinctly Dartmouth manner that attracts the greatest student and faculty talent, cultivates our pioneering spirit, and fully transcends campus boundaries. Maya Wiley '86 was recently interviewed on racial justice, how we can build a more just society, and how Dartmouth shaped her as a leader.

Maya Wiley ’86 is a nationally renowned civil rights expert who has litigated, lobbied U.S. Congress, and developed programs to transform structural racism in the U.S. and South Africa. She is a university professor at The New School, where she founded and co-directs the Digital Equity Laboratory. Maya recently stepped down as legal analyst for MSNBC and is considering running for mayor of New York City.

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The Rockefeller Center Welcomes New Board Members

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy welcomed four new members to the Board of Visitors on July 1st, 2020 for a three year term.

Andrew Samwick Honored for Fifteen Years of Leadership as Director of the Center

Andrew Samwick, the Sandra L. and Arthur L. Irving ’72a P ’10 Professor of Economics, was honored at the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors dinner on May 9, 2019 for his 15 years of leadership as director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences. Samwick’s term as director ends on June 30, 2019. 

Cheryl Bascomb ’82, Vice President of Alumni Relations, began the evening’s program by recognizing the 250thAnniversary of Dartmouth and the Call to Lead Campaign, and encouraged alumni to participate in the Call to Serve activities. She also thanked Samwick for his contributions to the Rockefeller Center. 

The next honor was from the Class of 1964, who presented Samwick with the Class of 1964 Outstanding Leadership Award for his work as director since 2004. The Class had adopted Samwick as a member of their class on the occasion of their 50threunion. They established the Outstanding Leadership Award at that time –June 2014 –to honor those who share the class’s belief in the importance of developing young leaders to take on today’s challenges. Samwick is the fifth recipient of the Award. 

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors' 2018 Spring Meeting

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors (BoV) convened in May for their two-day biannual meeting. The BoV is comprised of Dartmouth College alumni who serve as advisors to the Director of the Center. Drawing from a wide range of backgrounds, the members represent academia, business, non-profit organizations, and the law. The newest member to the Board is Monica Higgins ’86 Tu’90.  

One highlight of the meeting was a student panel comprised of four students who had participated in the PBPL 43 Social Entrepreneurship course: Archer Chapin ’19, Sarah Kennedy ’19, Cindy Li ’18, and Colleen O’Connor ’19. The students shared with the Board their course projects, how the course fit into their broader plan of study, and what lessons they took from the experience. 

Following the formal part of Friday’s sessions, Members joined students who are involved in Rocky courses and programs for a reception in Hinman Forum.  

Board of Visitors Biannual Meeting

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors (BoV) convened in October for their two-day biannual meeting. The BoV is comprised of Dartmouth College alumni who serve as advisors to the Director of the Center. Drawing from a wide range of backgrounds, the members represent academia, business, law and non-profit organizations. This fall the Board welcomed two new members Mike Pyle ’00 and Ariel Stern ’05 and Tim Harrison ’78 as the new Chair.

The Board uses its time while back on campus to meet with faculty, staff, and students who collaborate with the Center and participate in courses and programming.  

Leah Daughtry ’84 Honored for Distinguished Public Service

Leah Daughtry ’84, community organizer, two-time chief executive of the Democratic National Convention committee, and pastor of the House of Lord Church in Washington, D.C., returned to Dartmouth to receive the Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award.

Presented by the board of visitors of the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, the annual award was established 1990 to honor Nelson A. Rockefeller ’30 for his dedication to service in the public and private sectors.

Curt Welling ’71, Tuck ’77, chair of the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors, said Daughtry, in her work as a pastor, organizer, leader, and political strategist, has demonstrated a depth of commitment to the same ideals of public service, leadership, and civic engagement that marked Nelson Rockefeller’s career. Welling presented the honor to Daughtry at a dinner hosted by the Rockefeller Center on April 28.

Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors' Spring Meeting

The Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors (BoV) convened in April for their biannual meeting. Visitors, who serve as advisors to the Director of the Center, are all Dartmouth alumni and represent academia, business, non-profit organizations, and the law.

Each year, at the conclusion of their first day of meetings, Visitors attend a reception held in Hinman Forum where they meet and talk with students involved with the Center.

The Reverend Leah Daughtry ’84, 2017 recipient of the Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award spoke on “Building the Bench: Educating and Training the Next Generation of Political Leaders” at a dinner hosted by the Rockefeller Center to honor Visitors, their guests, and the many campus partners that collaborate with the Center throughout the year.

The Board also heard from Sarah Han ’17, Priya Ramaiah ’17, Kevin Zhang ’17, and Alexa Sonnenfeld ’17 about their experience with the PBPL 85: Practicum in Global Policy Leadership course, which conducted an evaluation of civil society in Ukraine during the Fall term and then traveled there with Professor Ronald Shaiko for two weeks in December.

Daughtry ’84 Named Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences has announced the Reverend Leah D. Daughtry ’84 as the 2016-2017 recipient of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award.

This award was established by the Rockefeller Center Board of Visitors in 1990 to honor Nelson A. Rockefeller ’30 for his dedication to service in the public and private sectors. Recipients of the award have demonstrated a similar commitment to these shared ideals of public service, leadership, and civic engagement.

Daughtry is a nationally recognized teacher, preacher, speaker, organizer, leader, and political strategist. Throughout her career, she has sought to bring sound, principled leadership, business, and management practices to organizations that seek to enhance and improve the lives of the people with and for whom they work.

Daughtry will receive the award in Hanover during the Board of Visitor’s biannual spring meeting in April.

Increasing Students' Intercultural Leadership Competencies

The Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) was first piloted in the 2012 spring term to develop the leadership competencies of students during intercultural experiences, both academic and professional, while at Dartmouth and beyond. RGLP begins each term on campus with weekly sessions. There is a culminating fieldwork excursion during its seventh week that helps students experience cultural diversity firsthand.

During the 2016 Winter term, 24 RGLP participants, along with the Center’s Deputy Director Sadhana Hall and Program Officer Vincent Mack, traveled to New York City for the off-campus portion of the program, organized in large part with the hands-on involvement of two Center Board of Visitors, Robert Tichio ’99 and Maya Wiley ’86, who work in the city.

“We have a unique opportunity to engage this generation of up-and-coming leaders to make a difference in the communities where they work and serve,” said Robert Tichio, Partner and Managing Director of Riverstone Holdings, who moderated a panel discussion of three fellow alumni on “Diversity in the Public and Private Workplace: Advancing Understandings of Race, Gender and LGBT Identities.”

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